Which traditions currently associated with the Christian holiday Christmas are taken from the Pagan Yule?

I know that the evergreen tree, lights (excluding candles in the window), gift giving, and mistletoe are, but what else is? Also, what other Christian holidays have adopted pagan traditions, and what are those traditions? How would all Christian holidays be practiced in a purely Christian way?

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  1. Paganism and Christianity are so deeply intertwined and have been since the beginning of the religion of Christianity that there is really No Way to celebrate Christian Holidays in a ‘purely Christian way’, as the pagan traditions Are the Christian traditions. Christianity is a mixture of Judaism and paganism, it is what it is. Get over it.
    Pretty much everything associated with Christmas, except the Creche, is pagan-based. Even the story of the birth of Jesus actually comes from the myths of the Persian god Mithra. Easter – All of the symbols of Easter are pagan, the eggs, the lilies, the rabbits, etc. They come from the worship of Ostara, the Germanic goddess of Spring. Those are the only two major ‘Christian’ holidays, as Halloween is purely pagan, as I am sure you know.
    There is no harm in using ancient symbols and tradition in worship, I really don’t think God cares. After all, He made the earth and all in it, so if we commemorate His birth with Evergreen trees, mistletoe, lights, etc, we are simply using what He has given us, right? Also, the candle in the window also happens to be pagan in origin. It was used to help light the way for the spirits of the dead who came to join their living descendants during this, the dark time of the year.

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